The Bichon Frise (pronounced BEE-shawn FREE-say; the plural is Bichons Frises) is a small dog breed who tends to be cheerful, with a love of mischief and a lot of love to give. With her black eyes and fluffy white coat, the Bichon looks almost like a child’s toy.
History: The American Kennel Club (AKC) states The Bichon Frise descended from the Barbet or Water Spaniel, from which came the name "Barbichon", later shortened to "Bichon". The Bichons were divided into four categories: the Bichon Maltais, the Bichon Bolognais, the Bichon Havanais and the Bichon Teneriffe. All originated in the Mediterranean area. The Bichon Frise has been referred to as "merry" and "cheerful".
Height/Weight: The Bichon Frise range from 9 – 12 inches in height and weighs 7 – 12 pounds.
Life Span: They can live up to 15 years
Health Issues: Typically the Bichon Frise is extremely healthy. The most common problems are eye disease, allergy, ear infections, tooth problems, and bladder infection/stones. Tear staining around the eyes is also common with the Bichon Frise. There are lotions that can help to reduce or remove these marks.
Temperament: This breed is gentle mannered, sensitive, playful and affectionate. Bichon Frise is also outgoing, lively, happy and intelligent. The Bichon Frise loves human company and demands much of your attention. They are generally very sociable and get along well with both children and other animals. They are very obedient if training is started early and continued consistently. This breed is sometimes a bit of a barker and they don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time.
Other Furry Facts: Bichon Frise needs to be thoroughly combed everyday and requires occasional clipping to prevent the coat from becoming too long. The coat also needs to be washed regularly to keep it white.
Famous Life: The Bichon has been featured in Shrek 2 and Beethoven’s Big Break
Celebrity Bichon Owners: The Bichon has been loved by American singer, actress, writer and film producer Barbara Streisand and American socialite, actress and fashion designer Paris Hilton, and Grammy Award winner Christina Aguilera
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